White House faces scrutiny after aide resigns over abuse claims

Porter, President Donald Trump's staff secretary, resigned abruptly on Wednesday after allegations of domestic abuse from two of his ex-wives emerged publicly. Kelly also said he stood by his previous comments praising Porter and that "every individual deserves the right to defend their reputation".

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly had reportedly attempted to convince Porter to maintain his position. He is a friend, a confidante and a trusted professional.

"I think a lot of people have a hard time when they look at an accused person like Rob Porter", Zimmerman says.

On "The Story", conservative commentator Ben Shapiro said one pressing question that must be answered is: Why did Kelly allow Porter to work closely with President Trump?

Porter denies the allegations, but after photos were published on Wednesday showing his first wife with a black eye, he resigned.

Another ex-wife, Jennifer Willoughby, told the same publication that Porter verbally abused her on their 2009 honeymoon and once dragged her out of the shower.

White House officials had been aware of the allegations against Porter for some time but had not known how serious they were until the last couple of days, a source familiar with the situation said. But the other side of that, she said, is a man who is "deeply troubled, and angry, and violent". She rejected Porter's public assertions that the claims were part of a "coordinated smear campaign" against him. He told the Daily Beast, "I've never had a bad word about Rob Porter". But it was only when Daily Mail reported the allegations that the matter received attention to an extent that Porter has reportedly offered to resign, although he had earlier been denying allegations of physical abuse.

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi delivered a record eight-hour speech on the House floor on Wednesday, in which she set out her opposition to the Bill on offer by the Senate, and called for a deal to be done on "Dreamers", undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States by their parents as children.

The White House would not comment on a report that Mr Porter, 40, failed to receive security clearance.

Shah said that Trump did not know of the status of Porter's security clearance. Porter's job responsibilities included vetting documents and other information that Trump sees. Both of Porter's ex-wives have said they detailed their allegations to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in January as part of the security clearance review.

In a second incident, she said, Porter punched a hole in the front door, prompting her to call police and get a temporary restraining order. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Porter went to Harvard University with Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and a senior advisor to Trump.

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